Wednesday, September 27, 2006

EurHope 1153; Contemporary Art from the Bosphorus

EurHope 1153
Contemporary Art from the Bosphorus

Villa Manin- Centre for Contemporary Art

Curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto

Dates: October 28th 2006 - February 25th 2007
Vernissage: Saturday 28. October 2006 - 6pm

Haluk Akakçe
Fikret Atay
Bashir Borlakov
Osman Bozkurt
Banu Cennetoglu
Hüseyin Çağlayan
Cevdet Erek
Esra Ersen
İnci Eviner
Hatice Güleryüz
Gülsün Karamustafa
Ömer Ali Kazma
Sefer Memisoglu
Ahmet Ögüt & Osman Bingöl
Erkan Özgen
Nasan Tur

1153 are the sea miles separating the Gulf of Trieste from the Istanbul harbour. A symbolic journey aiming to follow the history, to underline the present but also to inspire future relationships between two countries of a world in constant evolution. The exhibition EurHope 1153, organized by the Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, will present a group of Turkish artists who mainly use video and photography and who, in their work, expose a multifaceted and dynamic world, particularly relevant in relation to the current international artistic developments.
The need to create original narratives reflecting the changes occurred in the recent years in Turkey, the necessity to freely make use of different expressive media and the wish to experiment are some of the aspects which characterise the approaches and languages in the exhibition. The artists express a biting irony that unmasks both national and daily mythologies: from the rielaboration of a both rich and complex past to the urgency of analysing the contradictions of contemporary society, their works offer intense occasions for reflection on the relationships between art, individual and society.
Bringing the visions of these artists to Italy, EurHope 1153 aims to be a tool for exchange and understanding of different realities through contemporary art.

The show EurHope 1153 runs in parallel with the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia’s initiative I Turchi in Europa (The Turks in Europe), in synergy with the Italian and Turkish governments. The project, which supports this country’s entry in Europe, develops through a programme of exhibitions, meetings and events in the sites of Palmanova, Pordenone, Trieste, Udine, Gorizia and Cividale.